Milkymist video synthesizer with open source IP cores out of beta in August
After years of passionate and engaging development, the video synthesizer from the Milkymist project, currently available as a "early developer kit", is expected to go out of beta in August.
Dubbed "Milkymist One", it features as central component a system on chip made exclusively of IP cores licensed under the open source principles, and is aimed at use by a general audience of video performance artists, clubs and musicians. It is one of the first instances of a consumer electronics product putting forward semiconductor IP openness, open PCB design and open source software at the same time.
The current source code is available for download from the project's website, and many IP cores are mirrored as Opencores projects. The hardware is readily available from specialized electronics distributors.
About the Milkymist project:
The Milkymist project is an informal organization of people and companies who develop, manufacture and sell a comprehensive open source solution for the live synthesis of interactive visual effects for video performance artists, clubs and musicians. The project goes great lengths to apply the open source principles at every level possible, and is best known for the Milkymist system-on-chip (SoC) which is among the first commercialized system-on-chip designs with free HDL source code.
As a result, several Milkymist technologies have been reused in applications unrelated to video synthesis. For example, NASA's Communication Navigation and Networking Reconfigurable Testbed (CoNNeCT) experiment uses the memory controller that was originally developed for the Milkymist system-on-chip and published under the GNU GPL.
For more information, visit www.milkymist.org or contact Sébastien Bourdeauducq sebastien at milkymist dot org / +49 (0) 17639295103
By: Sebastien, Bourdeauducq